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UB Symposium on the Humanities Beyond the Academy

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 am to 4:45 pm
Clemens 120, UB North Campus

Students, faculty, and members of the public are invited to a symposium on career opportunities for Humanities scholars. The event will feature presentations by UB alumni who have built rewarding and diverse careers outside the academy, as well as a career fair with representatives from regional organizations that employ Humanities graduates both as interns and in fulltime positions.The event is free and lunch will be provided to those who register before Tuesday, April 18, by calling the History Department at (716) 645-2182 or by filling out the form here:


The Symposium has received support from the American Historical Association, the SUNY Excels Professional Pathways Project, and the UB Department of History.


9 – 9:20 | Coffee

9:20 | Welcome: David Strittmatter (UB History PhD candidate) and Kristin Stapleton (Director of Graduate Studies, UB History Department)

9:30 – 10:45 | Keynote address: “Wayward Historians: Careers beyond Research Universities”

Dr. Franklin S. Odo, John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy, Amherst College

The author of numerous books and articles on Asian American history, Dr. Odo has taught at many colleges and universities. He was founding director of the Asian Pacific American Center in the Smithsonian Institution from 1997 to 2010. He has been involved with the Library of Congress and, currently, with the National Park Service.

10:45 | Break

11 – 12:30 | Roundtable: Career Paths, part one 

Chair: David Strittmatter


Kritika Agarwal, PhD, UB Transnational Studies. Associate Editor, Publications, American Historical Association

Jon-Paul C. Dyson, PhD, UB History. Director, International Center for the History of Electronic Games and Vice President for Exhibits, Strong Museum

Rick Mikulski, PhD, UB History. Reference Librarian, Drew University Library, Madison, NJ

Todd Hobler, PhD, UB History. Vice-President, WNY Nursing Homes, SEIU 1199

12:30–1:30 | Lunch

1:30 – 3 | Roundtable: Career Paths, part two

Chair: David Gerber, UB Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus


Scott Eberle, PhD, UB History. Vice President for Play Studies and Editor of the American Journal of Play, Strong Museum

Katie Grennell, PhD, UB Transnational/American Studies/Disability Studies. Analyst, Campus Labs.

Gregory Michaelidis, BA and MA, UB History; PhD, University of Maryland, College Park. Founder & Director Security Awareness Lab, LLC

Paul Zwirecki, PhD, UB History. Director of Administration & Special Projects, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

Stephanie Bucalo, PhD student, UB Urban and Regional Planning. Staff member at PixStori/Randforce Associates, LLC

3 – 4:15 | Public History career fair (with refreshments available)

4:15 – 4:45 | Reflections on careers in public history

Dr. Philip Payne, Professor, St. Bonaventure Department of History

Former Historic Site Manager, President Warren G. Harding’s Home and Museum, Ohio Historical Society

Institutions and companies that will be represented at the Career Fair:

  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
  • Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum
  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
  • Chautauqua Institution
  • Randforce Associates, LLC/ Talking Pictures, LLC
  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center at Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
  • Buffalo Harbor Museum
  • Steel Plant Museum of Western New York
  • Strong Museum of Play
  • Buffalo Harbor Museum
  • University at Buffalo Career Services

Organizing Committee

UB Students
  • David Strittmatter
  • Brigitte Bragg
  • Kathryn Lawton
  • Valerie Phillips
UB Faculty
  • Kristin Stapleton
  • James Bono
  • Michael Frisch
  • David Gerber
  • Michael Rembis
  • Alyssa Mt. Pleasant
  • David Alff